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Lady for a Day(1933)

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The working titles of this film were Apple Annie, Madam La Gimp and Beggar's Holiday. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Columbia attempted to obtain William Powell for the part of Dave the Dude, and Allen Jenkins, who was to be lent by Warner Bros. for an unspecified role, was granted a three-week layoff on his contract, and was therefore not included in the film. Warner Bros. did loan Warren William, Guy Kibbee and Glenda Farrell to Columbia for the film, while May Robson, Walter Connolly and Jean Parker were borrowed from M-G-M. Hollywood Reporter news items stated that Kit Guard and Pat Hartigan were added to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been verified. According to Daily Variety and New York Times, Columbia took seventy-three-year-old Shubert Alley apple seller Ellen McCarthy to the film's premiere at Radio City Music Hall, after treating her to a stay at an expensive hotel and a new wardrobe. The publicity stunt was highly successful and was repeated in dozens of other cities, but was later criticized when "Mrs. McCarthy and her husband were found dead a year later from gas in the tiny flat where they had been existing on home relief." The film received four Academy Award nominations, for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Writing and Best Direction, which was Frank Capra's first nomination. It was also selected by the Film Daily Poll of Critics as one of the ten best pictures of 1933. In the June 1933 International Photographer news item from which some technical credits were obtained, George Rhein's name is spelled Rhine, and George Hager's name is spelled Hagger. Modern sources list additional cast member Dad Mills as Shultzie, the blind man. On May 1, 1939, May Robson and Jean Parker performed a radio version of Lady for a Day for Lux Radio Theater. Capra's last feature film was the 1961 remake of this film, entitled Pocketful of Miracles, starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.3870).